The Rural Mental Health Network is presenting a second speaker with an impactful message to area residents.
On Thursday, February 9, Humbolt Bronco survivor Tyler Smith will be speaking at Kaleidoscope Theatre. This follows up on last week’s speaker Tom Watson.
“April 6, 2018, was a day that my life changed forever physically, mentally and emotionally,” said Smith in a bio about the tragic crash. “But I never understood mental health and chose to neglect what was going on in my mind. The physical recovery took precedence and that caused me to suffer mentally and emotionally.”
He runs his company “Not Alone Co” which bills itself as a Mental Health Awareness Community. This includes his speaking engagements, a blog, and a clothing line that focuses on the message that you are “Not Alone” and “It’s okay to not be okay”.
“Now almost four years since the accident, I am still making steps in my healing journey and have found that speaking about my story and journey has allowed myself to heal while hopefully helping others do the same,” he said. “The power of a story, the power of a new perspective, and the power of a conversation, I used to take all of these for granted, but not anymore.”
Along with his organization at https://www.notaloneco.com, he also hosts a podcast called “Speak Your Mind” with NHL player Riley Sheahan, where they interview guests from the world of sports, entertainment and beyond on their experiences with mental health aiming to help people feel more comfortable with the topic and spread awareness for mental health.
Diana Rowe of the Rural Mental Mental Health Network says his messaging is around removing stigma, seeking help when you need it, and fostering a supportive community where we check up on others around us.
Smith will be appearing at Kaleidoscope Theatre on February 9 at 7 p.m.